Father speaks after son drowns in pool

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An emotional father spoke to 24-Hour News 8 just hours after his 12-year-old son drowned in an apartment complex swimming pool.

It happened Tuesday night at the Chateau in the Woods apartments off Allisonville Road near Kessler Boulevard.

Charles Darko, Sr. is dealing with unimaginable tragedy.

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare come true.

Darko sobs as he said, “They told me he couldn’t make it. He passed. He couldn’t make it.”

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Darko said his 12-year-old son, named after him, just immigrated from Ghana a year ago. Junior left his mom and family to be with his dad and sister in the United States.

“I tried to give him a better life. What I didn’t have,” said Darko.

Darko describes his son as curious about all things, especially electronics and the outdoors. But it was his recent curiosity of the community pool that worried him.